I have a SQL 2008 server that is currently on a VM having been recovered from a physical disk.
The SQL server used to be part of a domain, but the DC for that domain no longer exists.
I am logging into the server using a local admin account. Using SQL Server Management Studio, I can connect to the server and display the databases. I can add and delete data from those database tables.
However, if I try to do anything more than simple data manipulation, I'm getting a msg, "The user does not have permission to perform this action." This includes right-clicking on the database name and trying to view Properties. A backup also fails.
In the Security section of the DATABASE, I can see BUILTIN\Administrators as a user; the only Database Role assigned is db_owner.
In the Security section of the server, I see Logins for BUILTIN/Administators and sa. The only server role granted to BUILTIN/Administrators is public. The sa account is granted sysadmin priviliges.
I do not have the sa password, and I get a perms error when I try to set it. My sense is that the db that I care about has sa authentication set on it, rather than Windows perms.
SSMS comes up fine. I tried a manual start from the command prompt, but I just get a dialog box with a red X and "OK".
How do I get full control of this instance?